Poly-Seal to lay off 45, shut city plant 100 others are to transfer to Holabird facility after Shannan Drive plant closes

March 04, 1997|By Sean Somerville | Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF

Poly-Seal Corp., a Baltimore maker of plastic caps and seals, yesterday said it will close a plant on Shannan Drive in Baltimore and lay off about 45 of its 147 workers.

"We're in a very competitive market," Poly-Seal president William Herdrich said. "We're just trying to keep costs down."

The closure was included in the state's monthly "warn" bulletin of closures and layoffs. State law requires companies to give advance warnings of mass layoffs and plant closings. Warnings must come 60 days before layoffs, said Karen Napolitano, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

According to the bulletin, the closure would affect the plant's 147 employees, who earn an average of $8 to $9 an hour.

But Herdrich said yesterday that about 100 workers will take jobs with a company plant in the Holabird Industrial Park, which currently employs about 450 workers.

The bulletin also says Solo Cup Co. will close a plant in Arbutus in Baltimore County on May 1, a decision that will affect 71 employees.

"We have no comment," said E. Leo Carter, a Solo executive vice president. "We do not make any comment for the media."

Darlene Frank, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Business and Economic Development, said she knew only that Solo "was eliminating some jobs and going through a restructuring."

Chicago-based Solo is planning to build an East Coast distribution center in Harford County. Carter said in January that the new facility would have no effect on a manufacturing facility that employs about 115 in the Arbutus section of Baltimore County.

Discussing Poly-Seal's plans, Herdrich said the company was still negotiating details with the Union of Needle Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), which represents the workers at the Shannan Drive plant.

Russell Johnson, a business agent for the union, said he was reluctant to comment. "We're still in negotiations on this," he said. "We met with the company last week."

The Shannan Drive plant, near Moravia Road and Sinclair Lane in northeast Baltimore, will close in the middle of April, Herdrich said.

Poly-Seal will likely sell the 90,000-square-foot Shannan Drive plant, which is about 20-years-old. The company's Holabird plant, at 250,000 square feet, is more than twice as large.

Herdrich said Poly-Seal expanded the roughly 10-year-old plant on Portal Street about five years ago. "We built a big addition so we could grow," Herdrich said.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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